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3:10 PM ET, July 29, 2009

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Fox Sports:
MLB trade deadline buzz: Wednesday's edition  —  With the July 31 MLB non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching, FOXSports.com baseball reporters Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi have all the latest buzz.  All times below are ET.  —  Phils lead Lee race; Dodgers plan a push — 11:41 a.m.
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Joel Sherman / Hardball:
YANKS STILL NOT PLAYING ON HALLADAY, LEE  —  Yankees GM Brian Cashman did check in Tuesday with Toronto officials about Roy Halladay and Indians officials about Cliff Lee.  But with roughly 48 hours until the deadline, the Yankees are still showing no inclination to chase either of the top starters …
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Phillies Agree To Trade For Lee, Francisco  —  1:18pm: MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince says Lee and Francisco haven't been told anything official yet, but they've read the reports.  —  12:59pm: Rosenthal reports that the deal would not include any cash.  He calls the trade, which isn't yet official, a “coup” for both sides.
Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Why the Halladay deal will get done, plus more trade discussions … Despite the self-imposed Blue Jays deadline of Tuesday, plus semi-regular predictions from Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi that Roy Halladay will remain a Blue Jay, Toronto is still in discussions with multiple teams …
Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
Angels remain in trade talks, but no deal yet
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus and MLB Rumors
Chad Finn / Boston Globe:
If Phils turn to Lee, are Sox frontrunner for Halladay?
Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com:   Trade Roundup: Clubs shift focus to Lee
Yahoo! Sports:
Trade Buzz: Boston adds Buchholz to Halladay offer
Peter Abraham / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
Breaking news: Surgery for Wang  —  Chien-Ming Wang needs season-ending shoulder surgery It'll be tomorrow morning  —  More to come.  —  UPDATE, 10:49 p.m.: Wang needs a tear in his capsule repaired, apparently.  The capsule is the soft-tissue membrane.  Typically, the capsule is tightened in surgery.
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Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Wang to have season-ending surgery  —  Yanks will know more about his recovery time after procedure  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Chien-Ming Wang will have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder capsule on Wednesday under the care of Dr. James Andrews and will miss the remainder of the 2009 season.
Peter Abraham / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
Aceves admits to sore shoulder  —  Remember before the game when Joe Girardi said that Alfredo Aceves was being rested because he was tired?  As expected, there is more to it than that.  —  Aceves said his shoulder has been bothering him for several days.  “It's fatigued,” he said.
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Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Pirates And Mariners Make Seven Player Deal  —  1:24pm: Kovacevic reports that the Pirates will pay nearly all of the money owed to Wilson and Snell this year.  The Mariners will pay each player $400k.  —  12:28pm: Kovacevic hears that the Pirates are contributing a “significant amount” of cash in the deal.
Dejan Kovacevic / PBC Blog:
Pirates trade Wilson, Snell to Seattle; significant cash to Mariners, too  —  The Pirates have traded shortstop Jack Wilson, their most tenured player, to the Seattle Mariners.  No word yet on the return.  —  Details to come.  —  UPDATE 12:41 p.m.: Ian Snell is in the deal, too …
Kristie Ackert / NY Daily News:
Francoeur comes to grips, settles in with Mets  —  Jeff Francoeur truly became a Met about a week after the trade that sent him to Queens.  It took a trip back to Atlanta for the former hometown boy to realize that his life had changed dramatically.  —  “It was a lot more difficult …
Discussion: The 'Ropolitans
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Tim Britton / MLB.com:
Mets show off Players Choice gear
Maury Brown / The Biz of Baseball:
SEE IT: Mets Players Unveil Clothing Designs
Discussion: Walkoff Walk and MetsBlog.com
Wallace Matthews / Newsday:
Mets haven't fired Minaya?  Blame it on Madoff  —  The Mets have now held three news conferences in 24  —  hours, the first one Monday afternoon to fire a guy, the second Monday night to say they were sorry to another guy and the third yesterday to say they were really, really sorry for the whole thing.
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Chris Hine / New York Times:
Pelfrey Helps Mets to 4th Win in a Row
Discussion: Mets Geek
Associated Press:
Chicago White Sox's Mark Buehrle retires 45 straight to set MLB record  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Chicago White Sox ace Mark Buehrle has set a major league record by retiring 45 straight batters.  —  Coming off a perfect game in his last start against Tampa Bay, Buehrle retired the first 17 Minnesota Twins batters …
Discussion: Hardball Times
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Bill Plaschke / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers' tribute to Vin Scully needs to be a home run  —  The longtime voice for the franchise says he'll probably work one season, giving the Dodgers 15 months to send him off the right way.  —  While the Dodgers' acquisition of a top starting pitcher before the trading deadline remains woefully uncertain …
Bill Ladson / MLB.com:
Morgan sets tone for Nationals victory  —  Speedster hits leadoff homer, drives in three against Crew  —  MILWAUKEE — Nyjer Morgan's bat and Collin Balester's arm helped the Nationals defeat the Brewers, 8-3, at Miller Park on Tuesday night.  —  Morgan was the catalyst of the offense …
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Associated Press:
Clutch hits by Davis, Ellis propel A's past Red Sox in extras  —  BOSTON (AP) — Rajai Davis singled home Mark Ellis in the ninth to send the game into extra innings, then did it again in the 11th on Tuesday night and the Oakland Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 9-8.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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Associated Press:
Red Sox put up Rice's No. 14 on the Fenway facade
Discussion: Boston Globe
Craig Calcaterra / Newsvine:
Dice-K's beatdown begins  —  A day after Dice-K declared the Red Sox' training methods as the reason for his injuries (no word on whether he blamed them for his second chin and inability to throw a pitch down the middle), the team is striking back.  And, as is the custom in Boston, they're doing it through the media.
Associated Press:
Hamels outduels Haren as Phillies clip Diamondbacks  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Shane Victorino homered and drove in two runs, Cole Hamels pitched eight dominant innings and the red-hot Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Tuesday night.  —  Hamels (7-5) gave up one run on four hits, walked none and struck out nine.
 
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